Join Our Movement to Restore Your Right to Pain Relief! #EndPainPatientAbuse
Pain Warriors Unite - (202) 792-5600
So many of us are suffering the consequences of the crackdown on opioid prescribing, and many
advocates have worked feverishly since the release of the 2016 CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids
for Chronic pain to reverse the harmful effects on those of us in the pain community. It's taken an
enormous amount of time and effort, but everything is finally falling into place.
This is a significant milestone for pain patients, and gives us the footing to take the necessary steps to
actually garner the respect and attention we deserve.
The following Reports & Notices issued by various government agencies clearly acknowledge the
urgency of our plight:
Human Rights Watch Report entitled “Not Allowed to Be Compassionate”
AMA Resolution 235 (Pages 24-28)
CDC Press Release
Clarification Letter from the CDC
FDA Drug Safety Notice
CDC Response to HP3 Letter
HHS Pain Management Task Force Final Report
These Reports and Notices will lay the groundwork to ensure that our Policy Makers put protections in
place for both physicians and pain patients, and to ultimately implement a National Pain Policy that
clearly defines and stipulates such protections.
We need ALL hands on deck to take immediate action in order to get this information into the hands of
our State and Federal Representatives & Regulatory Agencies & we need YOU to download the file below and follow the instructions.
1. RESOLVED that our AMA affirms that some patients with acute or chronic pain can benefit from taking opioids at greater dosages than recommended by the CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for chronic pain and that such care may be medically necessary and appropriate.
2. RESOLVED that AMA advocate against the misapplication of the CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids by pharmacists, health insurers, pharmacy benefit managers, legislatures, and governmental and private regulatory bodies in ways that prevent or limit access to opioid analgesia
3. RESOLVED that our AMA advocate that no entity should use MME (morphine milligram equivalents) thresholds as anything more than guidance, and physicians should not be subject to professional discipline, loss of board certification, loss of clinical privileges, criminal prosecution, civil liability, or other penalties or practice limitations solely for prescribing opioids at a quantitative level above the MME thresholds found in the CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids.
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Tell Congress: Americans have a right to timely access to treatment!
Americans across the country are experiencing significant delays in their access to care due to time-consuming and often unnecessary prior authorization requirements from their health insurance companies. Patients who have spent hard-earned dollars on insurance premiums suddenly find themselves unable to receive necessary medical treatment due to these onerous insurer policies.
The process of prior authorization as it currently stands is overused and inefficient. I urge you to work towards a solution to this problem that will reduce the burdens on both patients and physicians.
The Prior Authorization and Utilization Management Reform Principles created by a coalition representing physicians, medical groups, pharmacists, hospitals, and patients outlines key changes needed to protect patients' access to timely care and reduce administrative hassles for health care professionals. We urge you to review the Principles and include these important concepts in prior authorization reform legislation. Americans have a right to timely access to treatment!